How Much Is That Art in the Window?

We are all looking for a way to brighten our interior and exterior lives in these economically stupid times, and the “Art in Storefronts” program is bound to hit all your experiential sensors in the best way. You may or may not feel like empty storefronts are rubbing the crappy times in your face, but seeing them filled with art installations is inspiring. We all want to feel great things are happening in our beautiful city, and guess what? The Chinatown component of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s citywide artification project kicks off with an exciting opening night featuring an art walk, artist talks, a tea tasting, and delicious victuals from Four Seas, Z&Y, and the much-celebrated Charles Phan of the Slanted Door, who grew up in Chinatown. In addition, there will be live music from the San Francisco Pacific Chinese Folk Music Group and funky politicos Diskarte Namin. The installation designs are everything from earnest to farcical, employing materials such as string, photographs, televisions, sound, and fake flowers. Niana Liu’s Three Entrée Restaurant at 630 Kearny looks iconic — the “food” may be “ordered” from a menu with three choices: 1. Cheap and good (slow) 2. Cheap and fast (crappy) and 3. Good and fast (expensive).
June 11-Sept. 18, 2010

 
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